State leaders in Louisiana have announced a three-part plan to address the housing needs of households impacted by the recent flooding. More than 2,000 people remain in shelters and 120,000 households have applied for federal disaster assistance. The plan will involve temporary housing units, similar to mobile homes, for property owners whose homes experienced more than $17,000 in damage or renters whose rental units were destroyed. The second piece of the plan is the "Shelter at Home" program for families who only need minor repairs to make their homes livable. The program will cover repairs up to $15,000 including patching and weatherproofing, removal of water-logged carpet and insulation, repairs to toilets and showers and providing microwaves or mini-fridges. Lastly, buildings that previously served as multifamily housing that can be repaired within two months with FEMA assistance will be used as temporary housing for FEMA applicants.
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